Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kate Middleton does not put this in her tea (do you?)

Kate Middleton revealed what she does not put in her tea. Do you have such royal sensibilities?

As reported in Travel and Leisure, last week Prince William and Kate were guests at a cafe run by a charity that helps the homeless. Here they were served tea and treats on a tray, along with a pitcher of almond milk. A volunteer at the cafe said they made sure to include the almond milk as they had read it was something Kate favored.

Kate was not amused.

The Duchess of Cambridge is quoted as saying "Don't believe everything you read. I don't even like almond milk".

No almond milk here (Getty images)

This revelation caused us to reflect on other additions to tea which may also be steeped in controversy.

One of these things just doesn't belong here . . .

And to be clear, we're talking about black tea;  green, white and most oolongs are a bit too delicate in flavor to handle any accompaniments. That being said, milk is a very popular addition to tea,  but not cream! Cream is too heavy and can overpower the tea. If you use half and half - you guessed it - you're half right in the world of tea connoisseurs.

Granulated sugar is acceptable, but cubes allow fancy sugar tongs

Sugar is another favored addition to tea. While granulated sugar is acceptable, we prefer cubes. Not only is it neater, but it allows one to use those fancy sugar tongs which enhance any tea table.

When tea time gives you lemons, serve them in slices, please!

And, when life and tea time give you lemons, be sure to serve them in slices (no wedges, please!)

Although, Kate was quick to point out the almond milk was not to her taste, the Royal couple are reported to have enjoyed the pretty confections served with the tea. Prince William exclaimed that the sweet treats were worthy of the 'Bake Off' (referring to the reality show, The Great British Bake Off).

Rachel at Kensington Palace, home to Kate. No almond milk here.

Which is a reminder to us all, no matter what's considered the most appropriate accompaniment to tea, it literally boils down to personal taste. And, no arguments here, scrumptious goodies are always a welcome addition to tea time.

Chocolate cupcake, worthy of the Bake Off?

In fact, we're enjoying a freshly brewed cup of Earl Grey with nothing added but a chocolate cupcake we baked and decorated this afternoon. It, too, is worthy of a place on the great Bake Off (but, don't believe everything you read!).

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